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  • Tropical Cyclone Kelvin (10S)

    Tropical Cyclone Kelvin made landfall in rural Western Australia approximately 160 km (100 mi) south southwest of Broome as a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS) at around 06:30 local time on Sunday 18 February (22:30 UTC on Saturday 17 February), according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). According to the BoM, maximum sustained winds at landfall were 120 km/hr (75 mph), equivalent to a weak Category 1 storm on the SSHWS, and a Category 2 ...

  • Pinotepa, Mexico Earthquake Mw7.2

    At 23:39 UTC (17:39 local time) on Friday February 16, a moment magnitude Mw7.2 earthquake struck 23 mi (37 km) northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico (pop. ~7,000). The earthquake was shallow, at a depth of 25 km (15 mi), according to the United States Geographic Survey (USGS). The strongest shaking, with a Modified Mercali Intensity (MMI) Scale of VII (Very Strong) was felt by about 92,000 people in the state of Oaxaca. Shaking of MMI V (Moderate) or above was felt by a further 1...

  • Tropical Storm Sanba (02W)

    Sanba, known in the Philippines as Basyang, made landfall just south of Surigao City, Philippines, at around 00:00 UTC (08:00 local time) on Tuesday February 13 as a weak tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with estimated maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph (65 km/hr). The system quickly degraded after making landfall and weakened to a depression by 12:00 UTC on Tuesday February 13 over the Bohol Sea . Prolonged and intense rainfall from Sanba has pr...

  • Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita (09P)

    Gita formed at 00:00 UTC on Friday February 9 about 210 miles (330 km) west of Samoa, according to the Joint Typhoon Research Center (JTWC). Over the following days the storm gradually intensified whilst making a large cyclonic (clockwise) loop. The system bypassed the islands of Samoa and American Samoa, travelled east of the island of Niue, and made landfall on the islands of Tonga on February 12. The worst impacts are on the Tongan islands of Tongatapu, where the capital Nuku’alofa...

  • Hualian, Taiwan Earthquake, Mw6.4

    At 15:50 UTC (23:50 local time) on Tuesday February 6, an earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.4 struck approximately 13.7 mi (22 km) north-northeast of Hualian, Taiwan (pop. ~106,000). At least seven multi-story buildings have partially collapsed or are tilted on their sides in Hualian City, including:. Yun Tsui residential building - the lower levels of the 12-story building pancaked and the building is leaning to one side. The Marshal Hotel - the bottom 2 levels pancaked. Mei Lun Hot...

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